Education Studies with Foundation Year

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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We're ranked 3rd in the UK for our undergraduate Education programmes, including BA (Hons) Education Studies (Guardian League Tables 2020) You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BA degree. So although you apply to study a BA in a specific course – in this case BA Education Studies – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year. This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category Society, Childhood and Education; it allows you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three-year degree. The foundation year also helps us to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best. You will be assessed for progression on to your second year, which would be the first year of your BA-level degree. Education is at the heart of the development of our society. By studying education you'll study the way society develops. Our BA (Hons) Education Studies considers the concept of education from a variety of perspectives and requires you to engage in critical reflection on the aims, values and policies of the UK education system as well as educational systems around the world. Throughout the course we arrange visits to and welcome guest speakers from organisations including, ThinkTank, Historic England, CBSO, The Newman Brothers' Museum in the Jewellery Quarter. You will also have the opportunity to carry out work placement during Year 2 to enhance your skills and experience.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeX30F
Institution code B25
Campus nameCity South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus codeE

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level DDD A maximum of 3 subjects are considered . These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP 72 UCAS points
Access to HE Diploma Education subjects preferred but other subjects also considered Pass with minimum 18 Merits/Distinctions at Level 3
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 72 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades DDDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
AS 72 UCAS points These can be a combination of AS and other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 72 UCAS points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 72 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 72 UCAS points Considered with A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 72 UCAS points Considered with A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMP
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) 72 UCAS points
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 72 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 72 UCAS points Considered with A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 72 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 72 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Extended Project Considered with a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 72 UCAS tariff points in a different subject area.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 72 UCAS tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or or Higher level (minimum grade H1-H7 (or A-D/A1-D3 up to and including 2016))
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Irish Leaving Certificate under Level 3 entry
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 4 GCSEs Mathematics, English Language at grade C/4 or above. Equivalent level 2 qualifications for level 2 Maths can be accepted, Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Accepted Equivalent:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy - Adult Numeracy only Functional Skills/Essential Skills level 2 - Maths only Key Skills level 2 - Application of Numbers only Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2 Scottish Intermediate 2 and Scottish National 5 - English Language and Maths grade 5
HNC (BTEC) P 120 credits at level 4 Must be in an Education related subject
HND (BTEC) P 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 Must be in an Education related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP 72 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 72 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 72 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Education Studies with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS